In Stamford, Lincolnshire, thrash metallers are in the minority, this is when Adrian Heathershaw took it upon himself the arduous task of putting together a band.
He didn’t hold back and also took it upon himself to record an album in its entirety by himself.
It was a bumpy ride he says ‘learning the technical and software side of things as well as sat staring at a computer screen both at home and at work. Additionally, I’ve had certain life events along the way that have meant the music has had to take a back seat. Finally, I’m now in a position to take the music off the backburner and share with anyone and everyone that will listen’.
Here, Aidy talks to us about the band and what they have been up to lately, read on to see what he had to say.I hope the start of the year has been a good one for you!
It’s been a great start to 2017. We’ve been rehearsing a lot in preparation for some gigs this year.
We hear that you guys took part in Metal 2 The Masses in Leicester and made it through to the quarter-finals! Congrats that’s a great achievement to have made it this far! How are you guys prepping for the next round which takes place in April?
Thanks a lot! We’ve been rehearsing every week to make sure we sound as tight as we can do. When we were learning the songs as a band, we broke them down section by section. It takes a bit longer this way but I think you get better results rather than just rushing into a song and getting through it as quickly as possible.
What do you have to take into consideration when entering a competition such as this?
There are a few things! There’s a lot of excellent bands in the M2TM competition so you absolutely have to give it your all. Make sure you are rehearsed, be professional (just like you would if you were to play Bloodstock) don’t go over your time slot, be nice and don’t be an asshole! Lastly, make sure you soak it up and enjoy yourself. It’s got to be fun at the end of the day!
How did you find Metal 2 The Masses, was it nerve-wracking?
We were all pretty nervous!! Dean (our drummer) and I, were laughing after we played about how we were more nervous about getting everything setup and ready to go in the 15 minute changeover time than we were about playing the actual gig. I thought it was just me until he said something. Ha! The nerves do die down quite a bit though once you get warmed up and see the crowd enjoying themselves.
What is it about Bloodstock that makes you want to play there?
Bloodstock is the UK’s NUMBER ONE metal festival in our opinion. We’ve all been going to Bloodstock for years and spoken a lot about maybe getting on the bill sometime. It would be a dream come true! There’s a really great community of metal fans at Bloodstock and it creates an incredible atmosphere for anyone there. I’ve seen so many good bands at Bloodstock over the years. Such a great festival!
What do you think about the Bloodstock lineup so far?
It’s yet another strong line-up taking shape!!!
Getting back to the band itself you have a great all dayer coming up in York for Ukem Records Disciples of Extremity event, what have you got lined up for this?
We have a half hour slot mid-afternoon time and we are really looking forward to enjoying a day of metal with some great bands and a few beers. We’ve all got a good feeling about this all-dayer too, York is a really cool place and Northern Extremity Promotions do a good job of organising gigs. Looking forward to meeting some other UKEM bands too.
It’s been 2 years since your last album can we expect a new album anytime soon?
There’s a lot of ideas and riffs floating around at the minute! Hopefully, we can start to piece things together and get the next album underway. It’s difficult to say how soon it will be before it is finished but it’ll be worth it!
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
The focus and at the minute is playing live and sounding as tight as we can. Another idea is that as we get out there gigging, we will hopefully make some contacts so that we can play live in other areas of the country. In the background the playing live I’ll be writing riffs and lyrics ready for the second album.
Any last words for your fans before we wrap up the interview?
Thanks for taking the time to do this interview and thanks to anyone out there who has supported Mörti Viventi so far! Thrash on!!!!